Linguistics and Portuguese (4 Years) [BA]
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UCAS course code: QR15
UCAS institution code: M20
Degree awarded: BA
Duration: 4 years
Typical A level offer: AAB-BBB incl. a modern foreign language
Course fees: Please refer to the undergraduate fees pages for the latest information.
Academic department: School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
Related website: www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 275 3211
How to apply: Apply through UCAS.
BA (Hons) Linguistics and Portuguese
The course can be studied as either a Single Honours course or as part of a Joint Honours course alongside a Modern Language. The latter are 4 year courses with the third year spent abroad under approved conditions in a country where the target language of study is spoken. In the first year, equal time is spent on both subject areas but this balance can be swayed in subsequent years with as much as up to two thirds being spent on either/or subject.
For further detail on the language side of this degree course, please see the following:
For further details of the linguistics side of this degree course, please see the following:
- We have expertise in, as well as course units devoted to, a wide range of languages and language families including the Romance languages, the Germanic languages, languages of the near east (eg Arabic and Hebrew), Iranian languages, the indigenous languages of Australia, Central and South America (e.g. Nicaragua and Peru), languages of South Asia (e.g. Nepal, India and Tibet), and Romani.
- In addition we have a number of courses covering the history and present-day state of the English language.
Course content for year 1
- In first year Linguistics you learn to look at language in a new way. You will study topics ranging from grammar to semantics, from phonetics to discourse analysis. On the language side of things, you will take core language modules alongside a broad range of cultural options
Course content for year 2
- In second year linguistics, the emphasis switches to linguistic theories. You will build on your new analytical skills by considering ideas about the nature of language and models of its structure. You will study units in Syntactic Theory, Phonology, Typology and Grammatical Semantics as well as a number of specialised course-units of your choice. Alongside this will be the study of your language.
Course content for year 3
- Your third year of study is spent abroad under approved conditions. For more information on the period of residence abroad please consult the following: Residence Abroad
Course content for year 4
- Finally, in your final year you can develop interests in particular areas of your subjects. We offer a very wide range of specialist options.
Languages qualify you for a wide range of employment. Your high-level language skills will open up numerous paths with an international dimension (e.g. business, industry and finance). You will also have excellent all-round communication skills making you a strong contender for openings in the media, PR and similar areas.
In our experience, many graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications. Others opt for postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (in England or abroad) or enter the Civil Service.
Did you know?
- MI5 actively recruit graduates with language skills
- Past students have gone into areas as diverse as Radio Reporting, Advertising, Accountancy, Events Management, Commercial Management and International Sales.
- Graduates from The University of Manchester are amongst the highest paid in the country
- More employers recruit at The University of Manchester than at any other UK university
- The University of Manchester's Careers Service is consistently voted the best in the country by both students and employers
- The School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK and has received the prestigious European Award for Languages from CiLT, the National Centre for Languages.
- The University hold open days twice a year (usually June and October) where you have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about the facilities and courses we offer.
- If your application is successful you will be invited to a visit day specifically for your area of study. On this day you will find out more about the School and its resources, meet members of staff and current students and discuss study aims and qualifications with admissions staff.
- We do not normally interview applicants. We make offers after carefully considering your UCAS application.
Selected entry requirements
A level: AAB-BBB incl. a modern foreign language
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AS level: Two AS-Levels may be accepted in place of the third A-Level.
Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.
GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language.
Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.
31 - 36 points overall
Higher Level requirements - 6,6,5 - 5,5,5 including a modern foreign language
Irish Leaving Certificate: We welcome applications from students studying for this qualification and all such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Scottish Highers are accepted only in combination with Advanced Highers.
Scottish Advanced Highers:
AAB-BBB including a modern foreign language
Where a specified subject is not available at Advanced Higher level, an A-Level or equivalent is required.
A pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate is acceptable in combination with 2 A-Levels. Please see the section on A-Levels for relevant subject specific requirements.
European Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.
Other international entry requirements: The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world¿s leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the University website.
BTEC Extended Diploma: Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcomed and are considered on an individual basis. Please see the sections on A-Level and GCSE entry requirements for subject specific qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma: Applications are considered on an individual basis. Please contact the University for further information. QAA's normal requirements for diploma applicants are 60 (10 hour) credits with 45 at level 3 and the remainder at level 2.
Advanced Placement tests: The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Advanced/Progression Diploma: The University of Manchester welcomes the introduction of the level 3 specialised diplomas. We look forward to providing guidance regarding progression opportunities and subject and grade requirements when further details on equivalences are published
Non-standard educational routes:
If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines
Candidates must be proficient in the English language, which is the language of instruction and examination at the university.Acceptable English Language qualifications include IELTS 6.5 (with no individual component below 5.5), CPE grade C, CAE Grade B or another equivalent
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Teaching and learning
- You will be taught through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will spend approximately 12 hours each week in formal study sessions. For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
- The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre
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